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Old 03-05-11, 03:44 PM   #1
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Nylon side-load bottle cages?

Nylon bottle cages seem like good bang-for-the-buck, and I like the Bontrager ones to go with the rest of our Bontrager kit on our Trek, like the race lite: http://bontrager.com/model/04072 (It's a basic plastic look if you don't want to click.)

I'd also like two side-load cages, and it'd be nice if they matched. Unfortunately Bontrager's only side-load cages are CF. Beautiful, sure, but I don't want to spend >$200.00 for matching side-load (x2) and regular (x2) cages!

So, has anyone found a brand that is good value ($30 or less each) with somewhat matching regular and side-loading cages? Or, anyone using side-loading cages that are so good that they use all four cages in that version?

Also, I hope I'm assuming correctly that any plastic/composite cage won't scuff bottles?
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Old 03-05-11, 04:11 PM   #2
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My wife has Arundel side loaders on her teeny-tiny Calfee. Expensive - yep (though about $10 cheaper than the Bontragers), but really no other option for getting the bottles in and out. She has no complaints.

You're correct, plastic/composite shouldn't scuff, if you keep the cage clean of dirt or other abrasives.
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You can use a handlebar mount for your bottle cages for stoker and pilot. Minoura sells to adaptor for the handle bar mounts.
Then go one step furhter: remove the pull-up tab from center of bottle cap and stick in a plastic flexible tube . . . drink without removing the bottle.
That'll give you 2 more bottle mounts. At rest stops you can refill the HB bottles from spare bottles on the frame.
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I'd also like two side-load cages, and it'd be nice if they matched. Unfortunately Bontrager's only side-load cages are CF. Beautiful, sure, but I don't want to spend >$200.00 for matching side-load (x2) and regular (x2) cages!
Maybe I'm missing something.... but what about - http://bontrager.com/model/05512

Then just powder coat it to whatever color you want.

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My wife has Arundel side loaders on her teeny-tiny Calfee. Expensive - yep .

You're correct, plastic/composite shouldn't scuff, if you keep the cage clean of dirt or other abrasives.
Besides all that they are great cages. I have 4 of the other-sider version(side-loader wouldn't work for right handers) on our Santana.
Great company too. When I inqured about a reverse side-loader they got right back to me saying they were already gearing up to make them and contacted me when they had them and where in my area I could buy them. Actual one on one e-mails.
Dave-O cages on all my singles also.
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I just took a look at the Arundel website, and, they do look like nice cages. However, the side-loader ones are $50.00 each, and the matching standard ones are also about $50.00, so for two of each, I'm back to $200.00 for cages. :-(
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You can use a handlebar mount for your bottle cages for stoker and pilot. Minoura sells to adaptor for the handle bar mounts.
Then go one step furhter: remove the pull-up tab from center of bottle cap and stick in a plastic flexible tube . . . drink without removing the bottle.
That'll give you 2 more bottle mounts. At rest stops you can refill the HB bottles from spare bottles on the frame.
Hmm, I haven't thought of that. My stoker probably would like to have a bottle on the bars. You don't think the back of my thigh would touch a water-bottle mounted on the front of the stoker bars?
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Ebay has always been a good source for me when it comes to water bottle cages. I've bought at least 10 Profile KK-2 Karbon Lite cages over the past couple years and I don't think I've paid more than $25 for one + shipping. Several were bought in pairs. They typically sell from $45 to $66 MSRP.

Just a quick search using ' side water bottle cage ' turned up a few lower-priced possibilities. No telling where the auctions will end, but nothing ventured...

http://shop.ebay.com/i.html?_nkw=sid....c0.m270.l1313
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$4.99 61 gms/black

http://www.nashbar.com/bikes/Product...7_10000_202543
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Thanks guys. But those other ebay options are aluminum, as well as the Nashbar one, and aluminum scuffs up the bottles. As I get older, with more bikes having different bottle-cage patterns and tired of bottles looking like they're from the city dump, I want to get away from aluminum cages. Admittedly, aluminum is the best bang for the buck in price and weight if you're not anal-retentive like me.

I guess I could resubmit this thread as searching for "Nylon or composite side-load cage for < $30.00 that doesn't have a CF weave-look."
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WE followed Zona's advice and mounted one on the bar for the stoker, wife loves it, clearance issue is not me, but her, knees are really close when she stands.
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